Kemar Lawrence visits team doctors, out a month

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Just over one week ago, New York Red Bulls stalwart defender Kemar Lawrence made an early exit from Jamaica’s Copa America Centenario match against Venezuela with a hamstring strain. Days later, the national team revealed he would miss the rest of the Copa tournament and was likely out on recovery for 4-6 weeks.

Back with the team in Hanover, Lawrence has already begun seeing doctors, including team medics, hoping to find the root of his problems.

Team boss Jesse Marsch downplayed the injury, but did say he expects Lawrence to return in a month’s time — just shy of the originally estimated six week recovery time.

“He’s visited a couple of doctors. He’s with our doctors this morning,” Marsch said. “By this afternoon, we’ll have a consensus as to how long and what the next steps are [in his recovery].

“I don’t think it will take too long,” he continued. “It will hopefully end up being around the four week range.”

After an outstanding rookie season in 2015, Lawrence has struggled with health, fitness and form throughout the 2016 campaign. Jamaica head coach Winifried Schafer suggests Lawrence had an injury leading into the tournament, which would explain his absence from the final two Red Bull matches before the break. However, it is unclear how long Lawrence has been fighting injury issues.